Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dad's the word...

Need an awesome gift for your old man? We've got your back with eight great last-minute getaways...

Classic Cars for Father's Day...
Classic Cars for Father's Day...

Nicola Brady & Pól Ó Conghaile

From whiskey-tasting in Dublin to classic country drives and archery at Ashford Castle, there's no shortage of Father's Day breaks... even if you have left left it to the last minute.

Classic Cars and Manor Houses

Where: 28 locations

Why: If your dad has always looked longingly at a passing Porsche, or gone misty-eyed over a Ferrari, then this is the treat for him.

Manor House Hotels and RetroVentures have joined forces to create a winner of a Father’s Day package, incorporating a stay in a luxury castle or manor house hotel along with the use of one of seven classic cars while he’s there. He can choose from a Jaguar E Type, a Lotus Esprit Turbo or a classic Porsche 911.

You can also add in extras like tasting dinners and activities such as fishing, golf or spa treatments.As the gift comes in the form of a voucher, outlining the hotel and car options he can choose, you won’t have to worry about picking the wrong one.

How: Prices start from €279 per room for a one-night stay and car hire for two people.



Whiskey Tasting in Dublin

Where: Brooks Hotel, Dublin

Why: Fancy whisking the father in your life off for a spot of whiskey tasting? Brooks Hotel has a special package including B&B, a meal in the award winning Francesca’s restaurant followed by a tasting in the Great Whiskey Bar of the World, Jasmine Bar.

The post-dinner treats include a tasting of five specially selected whiskeys, with knowledgeable staff guiding guests through everything from the origin to the distillation process. Getting peckish? No worries. A selection of home made whiskey truffles accompanies the tasting.

How: Brooks Father’s Day Whiskey Package is available from €66pp for a limited time.

Details: 01 670 4000;


Tee off in Fermanagh

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Lough Erne Resort, Jetty at Dusk

Where: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen

Why: Ireland is home to some spectacular golf courses, and the five-star Lough Erne Resort boasts two of them on their 600-acre peninsula.

There are fantastic views of the lakelands from every vantage point, and a restaurant behind the ninth green, The Halfway House, where you can grab a light bite.

After a hard day’s golfing, you can relax in the Thai Spa, where expert therapists will eliminate the knots in your shoulders. Otherwise, unwind in the thermal suite, complete with sauna, steam room and whirlpool, or take a dip in the infinity swimming pool.

There’s no need to leave the comfort of the resort either, which has a selection of restaurants on site, including the Blaney Bar, with its exclusive Irish whiskey collection.

How: Stay and Play Packages start at €150 per person sharing.



The Big Softie, Wexford

Where: Kelly's Resort & Spa, Wexford

Why: There will be bubbles. Both from a bottle, and courtesy of Kellys’ Thermal Suite. If you fancy treating Dad, this special midweek indulgence package could very well be the ultimate male pampering experience.

The package includes B&B, dinner at Beaches Restaurant an a morning of pampering at SeaSpa. A full hour at the Thermal Suite, followed by a special holistic Spa treatment and a little gift on departure.

How: The ‘Thank You Dad’ package at costs €165pps, plus 10% service. Valid to December 2014 excluding July & August.

Details: 053 913-2114;


Lazy Days in Limerick

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View from the Strand Hotel, Limerick

Where: Limerick Strand Hotel

Why: Limerick chef Tom Flavin’s star is rising, and locals and residents alike can treat themselves to a special four-course Sunday lunch buffet with a glass of bubbly or beer for only €27.95pp this Father’s Day. The afternoon includes a kiddies’ playroom and a complimentary beer tasting in The River Room Restaurant, showcasing the very best of brews from the Eight Degrees Brewing Company.


How: Make a night of it with a Father’s Day overnight special for Sunday, June 15. It costs €85 including B&B for two. 


Details: 061 421800;


A Feast in Clontarf

Where: Clontarf Castle, Dublin

Why: What dad wouldn’t be happy with a hearty roast and a pint on Father’s Day? You can do it in style at the Fahrenheit Grill at Clontarf Castle, with a top notch dinner in dramatic surroundings.

Dry aged beef and seafood are their speciality, with impeccable steaks to keep the carnivores happy. There’s a kids menu too, from €12, and for a real treat, you can stay the night in one of their luxurious rooms, some of which boast four poster beds and mountain views.

Better yet — all dads get a free pint of Guinness on the day itself.

How: A three-course Father’s Day dinner costs €50 for two, with a bottle of wine. Nightly rates start at €145 on June 15.




Castles and Archery

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Falconry at Ashford Castle

Where: Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Why: It’s one thing to spend the night in a castle, but quite another to fling a bow and arrow over your shoulder and live

like a lord. At Ashford Castle, set on the shores of Lake Corrib, you can spend some quality time with your dad honing your arching skills with expert instructors.

Alternatively, you can test your senses with a spot of clay pigeon shooting, with targets designed to mimic the game found locally. If the sun is shining, you can take an amble through the estate or set out on a historical cruise of the lake, to the island of St Patrick.

How: The Father’s Day Activity Package is €620 for a one-night stay on June 15 for two people sharing a Corrib Lake View Room, including breakfast, dinner and a choice of archery or clay pigeon shooting. The two-night package is €1050.



Sail Away in Galway

Where: Hotel Meyrick, Galway

Hotel Meyrick has teamed up with Wild Atlantic Adventures to offer a break to suit thrill-seekers and water lovers. The package includes two nights accommodation in the heart of the city, with breakfast and dinner, and a day of sailing on a 200-year-old Galway Hooker. You can opt for a full or half-day sailing package, with lunch, leaving time to explore the city.

How: Prices start at €219 per person for the half-day activity package and €249 for the full day activity package.



NB: All prices are subject to change/availability.



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